The Oldie Literary Lunches have become a venerable institution on the London literary scene since they were first launched in 1996. Held monthly at Simpson's-in-the-Strand, the lunches feature three speakers who each address the audience for ten minutes. A delicious three-course lunch with wine accompanies the talks.
To book tickets call Katherine on 01225 42 73 11 between the hours of 9am and 3pm, Monday-Friday.
Tickets cost £62
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Click HERE for a round-up of 2014's literary lunches so far...
FORTHCOMING OLDIE LITERARY LUNCHES
JULY 22nd - TICKETS AVAILABLE
From left to right: Irma Kurtz, John Carey and James Naughtie
Irma Kurtz, author of My Life in Agony, has been Cosmopolitan’s Agony Aunt for the last forty years. She’s dealt with the intimate problems of successive generations of readers and so has to keep up with the changing attitudes in British and American society. Her memoir looks at the transformation of problems and maps them onto the ever-changing world from which they arise.
John Carey The Unexpected Professor. John Carey, English professor at Oxford, controversial commentator, book critic and beekeeper, reflects on a life immersed in literature. He describes the events that formed him – an escape from the London Blitz to an idyllic rural village, army service in Egypt, an open scholarship to Oxford in the 1950s and an academic career that saw him elected, in his early forties, to Oxford’s oldest English Literature chair.
James Naughtie The Madness of July. Today’s Jim Naughtie will talk about his political thriller set in the Cold War. It draws on Naughtie’s experience as a political insider in Westminster and Washington. ‘Good writing, vivid scene-setting and knowledgeable descriptions from an insider at ease in the corridors of power’ – Literary Review
AUGUST 19th – TICKETS AVAILABLE
From left to right: Ronald Blythe, Brigid Keenan and Jonathan Meades
Ronald Blythe A Time by the Sea: Aldeburgh 1955-1958. One of Britain’s most celebrated rural writers and author of the acclaimed Akenfield will talk about his book his memoir A Time by the Sea.
'This delightful memoir is something special ... a small masterpiece ... beautifully written and full of memorable insights into an extraordinary place at a unique time'.
Richard Morrison The Times
Brigid Keenan Packing Up: Further Adventures of a Trailing Spouse. Packing Up, the sequel to Diplomatic Baggage, chronicles the later life of a diplomat’s wife. Things don’t really slow down: her husband contracts Lyme disease from ticks in Kazakhstan, she gets caught in a riot and they oscillate between their last post in Azerbaijan, London and Brussels. ‘Her writing is natural and fluent: there is something interesting on every page’ – Philippa Williams, The Lady
Jonathan Meades An Encyclopedia of Myself. Jonathan Meades is a writer, journalist, essayist and film-maker. His latest book is a petit-point memoir that looks at the 1950s as a polychromatic time full of diverse characters. With God and the Cold War as the backdrop, Meades explores this period through the eyes of his intensely curious child-self.
SEPTEMBER 9th - TICKETS AVAILABLE
From left to right: Claudia Roden, Henry Blofeld and Emma Bridgewater
Henry Blofeld Squeezing the Orange. The quintessentially English cricket commentator, oenophile, bon viveur, and national treasure, Blowers looks back affectionately on his childhood and his colourful career. ‘A jolly canter through the life of one of cricket’s more seasoned after-dinner speakers’ – Tom Holland, The Spectator
Claudia Roden, The Food of Italy. First published 25 year ago, The Food of Italy is a remains a go-to guide to one of the world's best-loved cuisines. Claudia Roden was born and brought up in Cairo and educated in Paris and London, where she lived has lived for many years.
Emma Bridgewater Toast and Marmalade. Since establishing her pottery business 28 years ago, Emma’s distinctive kitchenware has found its way onto the dressers, shelves and kitchen tables of homes all over Britain and beyond. Her pottery is manufactured in Britain in her Staffordshire factory that now employs over 200 people. Toast & Marmalade tells the personal stories behind Emma’s designs, many of them derived from childhood. Her mother’s welcoming kitchen, a dresser laden with mismatched china and nights spent camping in the apple orchard under a starry sky.
OCTOBER 14th - TICKETS AVAILABLE
From left to right: Charles Spencer, Marcus Berkmann, Griff Rhys Jones
Charles Spencer The Killers of the King. The 9th Earl Spencer, and brother of Diana, Princess of Wales, tells a powerful tale of revenge from the dark heart of English history – the incredible story of the men who dared to kill a king. He gained acclaim with his bestselling book Blenheim: Battle for Europe, which Andrew Roberts described as ‘better than any other account I have read since Winston Churchill’s’.
Marcus Berkmann A Shed of One’s Own: Midlife Without the Crisis. For many men, middle age arrives too fast and without due warning. One day you are young, free and single; the next you are bald, fat and washed up. Journalist Marcus Berkmann is determined to find light in the shadows of middle age. ‘A Shed of One’s Own is warm, funny and wise, the antidote to Jeremy Clarkson, The Daily Mail and Grumpy Old Men.’ The Independent.
Griff Rhy Jones Insufficiently Welsh. In this informal guide to Wales, Griff Rhys Jones rediscovers ‘the land of his aunties’. Born in Cardiff but raised in Essex, Rhys Jones returns home on a mission to explore the real Wales:, the one beyond the tourist trail, which exists deep in the beautiful countryside, full of the hidden treasures and eccentric characters that make this country so unique.
NOVEMBER 11th - TICKETS AVAILABLE
From left to right: David Suchet, Geoffrey Wansell, Paddy Ashdown
David Suchet and Geoffrey Wansall ON Poirot and Me. Last year David Suchet retired as Hercule Poirot, having played him in every one of Agatha Christie’s Poirot stories. In Poirot and Me, Suchet tells the story of how he secured the part, with the blessing of Christie’s daughter, and set himself the task of presenting the most authentic Poirot ever filmed. At the November lunch, with the help of journalist and author Geoffrey Wansell, Suchet will reflect on a role that changed his life.
Paddy Ashdown The Cruel Victory. In his new book, Lib-Dem politician and author Paddy Ashdown tells the long-neglected D-Day story of the largest action by the French Resistance during the Second World War. In early 1941, three separate groups of plotters – one military, one political, one intellectual – began to organise and plan an action on and around the forbidding mountainous plateau of the Vercors, near Grenoble. The overwhelming desire to get rid of the Germans would unite them, while their different views of the France they hoped for in the future would divide them. ‘A powerful account of an extraordinary story.’ The Times.